ON TO A WINNER
GARY CAHILL believes Chelsea must draw on the spirit that delivered Wembley glory if they are to reach the last eight of the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho’s side face Paris St-Germain at Stamford Bridge tonight after holding the French side to a 1-1 draw in the first leg.
A clean sheet will see Chelsea through – and Mourinho’s men have shown they have developed a mean streak by registering shut-outs in their last two games.
The 2-0 Capital One Cup final win over Tottenham delivered the first piece of silverware of Mourinho’s second spell in charge.
Then the Blues followed that up with a battling win at West Ham, where Eden Hazard’s header was enough to secure a narrow win.
Cahill said: “The cup final was huge in terms of the atmosphere around the club and the dressing room.
“We were desperate as a team, as a squad, to win that game.
“It’s the first time this group – a newish group formed at the start of last season and before this season – has reached the end of a competition together.
“We are very proud of winning our first trophy as a group together and getting that win at West Ham – but they’re gone.
“All that is on our minds now is the PSG game. That’s all we are thinking about in the days leading up to it.”
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And Cahill added: “We have had more time than we usually would to rest up and prepare in training before the game.
“We’ve been able to really work on specific things in preparation for it.
“We know the quality of PSG and the job that lies ahead of us. It’s going to be like a final, a big one-off game.
“We’ll be ready to go out there and give it everything we have to get us into the next round.”
Chelsea knocked PSG out of the competition last season, recovering after losing 3-1 in the first leg.
But the French side’s midfielder Marco Verratti insisted: “Our team is different this season. It is perhaps better and we can use the experience of last season.
“Last year, we went there to defend and waited for the game to finish as quickly as possible, and perhaps that’s why we were caught out.
“We have to avoid putting too much pressure on ourselves. Everyone has a different way of preparing for a game.
“We have to go there as calmly as possible without denying that pressure exists.
“Chelsea are probably stronger than last year. They were very active in the transfer market and brought in some great players, like Cesc Fabregas.”
Nemanja Matic is set to return to the Chelsea line-up after serving a two-match suspension.
The midfielder missed the Capital One Cup final and the Premier League win at West Ham for his sending-off against Burnley.
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